Stop the prosecution of Bernard Collaery & Witness K

The government’s prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery is an attack, not only on them, but on the rights and values of every Australian.

Australians were ashamed and angry when reading reports that our government spied on the East Timorese Prime Minister’s cabinet rooms during critical oil and gas negotiations. The aim was to gain economic advantage illegally over the people of East Timor – our close neighbour, WW2 ally, and the poorest country in South East Asia.

Such immoral activity may well have remained secret but for the courage and integrity of Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery.

These men acted in good faith at a time when our government failed to do so. They stood up to government wrongdoing.

Now, they are being targeted as criminals, as traitors. They are accused of being threats to “national security” when the matter is really about government commercial espionage and its cover-up. Pursuit of them is political retribution and a warning to others.

The government’s prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery is an attack, not only on them, but on the rights and values of every Australian.

The Attorney-General has the power to discontinue the prosecutions immediately.

We invite you and your networks to join us in our summons to the Attorney-General to discontinue these prosecutions.

Click here to send an email to the Attorney-General.


Endorsed by:

Alison Broinowski, Bernard Keane, Damien Kingsbury, Hamish McDonald, Gary Stone, Gill Boehringer, John Hewson, Jon Faine, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Meredith Burgmann, Michael Leach, Michael Stone, Pat Walsh, Paul Cleary, Rae Kingsbury, Richard Broinowski, Richard Ackland, Shirley Shackleton, Steve Bracks, Stuart Russell.

Authorised by Sister Susan Connelly

Timor Sea Justice Forum


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I was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1966. As a student of the Italian and Indonesian languages at Melbourne University in the 1980's I became aware of the plight of the people of a small half-island called East Timor. A colony of Portugal for 500 years, East Timor or "Timor-Leste" was invaded by its huge neighbour, Indonesia, in 1975. It's a long story, but like many Australians and other citizens of the world, it made me angry and sad to learn that my own government aided and abetted that invasion in order to gain the upper hand in negotiating access to oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, just north of Australia. At the cost of a quarter of a million Timorese lives. I decided to do something about it. And I still am today. 

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